HYDERABAD: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Hyderabad High Court challenging GO No 43 dated June 1, 2014, issued during the President Rule, that the quarterly tax paid on goods and passenger vehicles shall be deemed to have been paid in both the states. i.e. AP and Telangana.
In pursuance of the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the government of AP, vide GO 43, stated that the quarterly tax paid for any quarter up to March 31, 2015 in any of the successor states shall be deemed to have been paid for both the successor states and thereafter new governments to decide. The GO was issued to avoid additional tax burden on goods and passenger vehicles due to bifurcation of the state.
Petitioner A Anil Kumar, advocate of Ranga Reddy district, sought the court to suspend operation of the impugned GO on the ground that both the successor states would suffer from loss of revenue. In fact, taxation falls within the domain of state legislature and any alternation, modifications or amendments to the existing law shall be exercisable only under the authority of Parliament during any emergency/ President rule, he added. He submitted that the impugned GO restricting payment of taxes to any of the successor state and depriving the states to collect the taxes even prior to coming into force of the Act is illegal and ultra